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catty-cornered

[kat-ee-kawr-nerd] /ˈkæt iˌkɔr nərd/
adjective, adverb, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
Also, catty-corner.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for catty-cornered

catty-cornered

adjective
1.
a variant of cater-cornered
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Word Origin and History for catty-cornered
adj., adv.

1838, earlier cater-cornered (1835, American English), from now-obsolete cater "to set or move diagonally" (1570s), from Middle French catre "four," from Latin quattuor (see four). Cf. carrefour.

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